CIVIL RIGHT COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
The following descriptions detail the proper procedure for Civil Right Complaints, as well as SSCPS policies and statements regarding civil rights.
STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
It is the policy of SSCPS to maintain an environment that is conducive to learning, is peaceful, and respects the dignity of all persons. SSCPS does not discriminate, exclude from participation, deny benefits, nor access to programs or facilities based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy or disability, housing status, or English language proficiency in all aspects of employment and education including the selection of students or staff. SSCPS and all its programs are fully accessible to all students who can be served by our nurturing, project-based, volunteer-intensive, technology-dependent, and college preparatory academic program environment. SSCPS actively seeks a staff that fully reflects the diversity of our society. SSCPS actively seeks partner organizations which will assist in helping to diversify our student and staff population.
It is the policy of the South Shore Charter Public School that all programs, activities, and employment opportunities are offered without regard to race, color, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, housing status, and disability. This policy is consistent with M.G.L. c. 76, §. 5.
The Coordinator of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for the South Shore Charter Public School is Sheina Prince. She can be reached at the school at (781) 982-4202 Ext. 367 or email@example.com. Title VI “prohibits discrimination, exclusion from participation, and denial of benefits based on race, color, and national origin.”
The Coordinator of Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 for the South Shore Charter Public School is Matthew Tondorf. He can be reached at the school at (781) 982-4202 Ext. 201 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Title IX “prohibits discrimination, exclusion from participation, and denial of benefits in education programs based on sex.”
The Coordinator of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for the South Shore Charter Public School is the Learning Services Director, Matthew Tondorf. He can be reached at (781) 982-4202 Ext. 201 or email@example.com. Section 504 “prohibits discrimination, exclusion from participation, and denial of benefits based on disability.”
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE FOR DISCRIMINATION OR HARASSMENT
1. Any employee or student who believes that he or she has been discriminated against or harassed should contact in writing the Principal, Angie Pepin or the Civil Rights Representative/504 Coordinator, Matthew Tondorf, as soon as possible, normally within thirty days of the discrimination.
2. The Principal and/or the Civil Rights Representative will meet with the person(s) to discuss the situation within seven days of receiving the written complaint. The South Shore Charter School will promptly investigate every complaint of discrimination. Please refer to Civil Rights Complaint Form at the end of the Student and Family Handbook and on this website.
The Principal, Civil Rights Representative/504 Coordinator will have fourteen (14) days to respond to the grievance in writing. Any complaint may also be lodged with state agencies responsible for laws prohibiting discrimination in schools: The Massachusetts Department of Education, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA, 02148-5096, (781- 388-3300) and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA, 02108-1518, (617-727-3990). The agency responsible for enforcing the federal law prohibiting harassment on the basis of sex is the Office of Civil Rights within the United States Department of Education, which is located at 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921, (617) 289-0111, firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. A party may appeal the administrator’s decision in writing to Alicia Savage, Executive Director of SSCPS, 100 Longwater Circle (781-982-4202 x101) within fifteen (15) days after receiving a copy of the decision. The decision will be reviewed to ensure the adequacy of the investigation and the decision. Parties will be given an opportunity to submit additional relevant information. The Executive Director will make a final decision and provide it in writing to the respective parties within thirty (30) days.